Send My Sister to School


Global Campaign for Education has launched a campaign to highlight the barriers to education for girls and women in the global south, and is inviting UK pupils to become global active citizens and speak out for girls’ education.

Each year the GCE invites parents, teachers, children and young people from around the world to call on governments to work to keep their promise to provide education for all by 2015. With girls lagging behind boys in access to education, this year’s campaign aims to boost the push to get girls into school.

By using girls’ stories as the basis for their activities and events, pupils in the UK learn about the reasons why it is often the girls that are the ones who are denied their basic right to an education.
In 2000 world leaders promised universal quality primary education by 2015, over that time the number of children out of school has dropped by over 40 million, but with just 4 years to go there are still 69 million children missing out on school and more than half of them are girls.

Claudia Winkelman, one of the celebrities supporting the Send My Sister to School campaign, said: “Every extra year that a girl stays in school has a great impact on her future; it helps her get work, earn more, keeps her safe from HIV/AIDS and reduces the risk that her child will die in infancy.”

It is estimated that an extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent and an extra year of secondary school by 15 to 25 percent.

More information on the campaign is available from

January 2011

School Leadership Today